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  • WE ARE…

    ... THE PERKES. We still consider ourselves newlyweds [we've been married for almost 5 years]. Our firstborn, Jace, is now 2 years old, and became a big brother when Sofia Rain joined our family in November 2012. We are from the East Coast [Luisa is from MA and Nate is from NH]. We are Bronco's Fans [We've lived in the Boise area for almost 5 years]. We are travelers. We are athletes and we are dancers. We are enthusiastic about food. We are spontaneous. We are addicted to the sun. We are in love.

    Most importantly... we are HAPPY. We are the Perkes.

Yearly Archives: 2011

The Nesting Syndrome…

… I thought that it was a myth. But low and behold, as my pregnancy progressed and my sanity slowing disappeared along with my waistline, after my house was ‘in order’, I started just MAKING stuff. Now, Nate got me a sewing machine for Valentines Day last year [YAY!!] and I am SO proud to…

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Leanne - WOW girly! you really have talent! Those look sooooo good!! I miss you! have i told you that before?! so i have a funny story. remember when we lived in san miguel and every morning you would sing, “good morning beautiful…” yeah. well kev always has a song he sings every morning. lol. it’s always different too. i still wonder how he chooses them. ANYWAY, he started to sing this one the other day, and as sweet as it was for him to sing it…it made me think of you! shh. don’t tell him i said that. :) you were the best companion. (almost as good as Kev.) lol. anyway. just thought you should know you are the best! love ya BOBBIE! looks like you had a GREAT time at home too, by the way! any travel plans near st. george soon???

Bean Town = Home Sweet Home…

There’s nothing like returning to the home that bore my childhood. My birthday’s, 3-17, were all celebrated in the same kitchen, in the same house, on the same street… on ‘Day Street’ actually, where the sun never sets… #9 . It makes me happy that I have a niece and a nephew that are growing…

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Danella - Awww… this makes me miss you guys!!! :) :) :)

Oscar B. Morales - Hello Luisa, Jace and Nate,
Great Pictures!!!
Thank you for capturing the great times that you had in Boston. I love how we always end up eating no matter what we do and that we are so diverse in the foods that we eat, as I’ve said before, eating together is the universal language, everywhere on this world.
But, I love this country, where we have so much freedom and enjoy everything that is good; Food, sports, food again, beautiful boats, some more food, Red Sox Nations, hot dogs, Quincy Market, cannolo (plural for cannoli), family, did I mention food, to worship as we want and to bless our homes and family.

Family Foto Shoot…

You would think that having the talent and the resources that we have in this family to take amazing family pictures… it wouldn’t be so hard. I nearly dragged Nate out on this photo shoot by the ear. And sweet, sweet redemption… by the end, he was thanking me profusely for submitting him to such…

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Bree - Great pics of your cute family!

Shannon - I love my beautiful little family. 45 minutes seems like just the right amount of time to get happy pictures without killing the fun.

Pops - Luisa-dearest: We LOVE your editing of the photos! And you have some different ones that we really treasure [like the new one of you kissing Jace]. It is fun to see your editing style and compare it to Nate’s–loving them both! You two are such a class act! WELL DONE!!!

Kelley - Oh Luisa! These are incredible! Were these on a self timer?! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

Jace’s Blessing…

A couple of Monday’s ago, on my Life Thru the Macro post on Nate’s blog, I talked about Jace’s blessing. As is the tradition at church, we presented Jace before the congregation and Nate gave him a name and a blessing. It was a beautiful experience. In that post, I spoke about my fears as…

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Shannon - Thanks for posting these. Wish were there but it looks like an amazing Mother’s Day/ Blessing Day for all.

Kathryn - Those pictures are wonderful! Such a beautiful family. Jace is so cute!

Brittany - yep he is glowing!!! You guys are one beautiful family!

Pops - BEAUUUUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!

Beautiful family! And a beautiful day! So glad we were able to share it with you. Mom and I are still touched by Jace’s blessing . . . and most of all by this sweet new soul. Loves to you all!

Maui Wowee!!!

To say the least, this post has been a VERY long time in coming. It’s amazing how one trip can mess up the beautiful little routines that we had going on at our house. Jace would sleep about 12 hours every night and parenting seemed to be sort of easy. Our little vacay to Hawaii…

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Brit - That’s awesome!!!! What a fun trip! Kyle & decided that one day soon we need to take some travel time with you two!

Kelley - Those pictures are stunning. You guys all look great! I think it’s great you’re instilling the travel bug in Jace so early. :) Lots to come, I’m sure. =)

Shalse - oh i love your blog luisa!!! it’s beautiful! hawaii was amazing and i am so happy that we got to meet you guys and that handsome jace! keep in touch!!! xoxo ;-)

Pops - Mom and I have LOVED your Hawaii photos. Of course, my personal favorites usually include Jace. The swim lesson was adorable! He looked a little CONCERNED!

Always good to see the Adventure Family on the go!

3 Years and Goin’ Strong…

I can hardly believe that Nate and I got married 3 years ago. Its funny how your perception of time is so warped. I feel like it was just yesterday, and I also feel like its been forever… like I’ve just always been married to him. That’s when my life began! Our wedding day was…

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Shannon - Happy Anniversary! You two make a wonderful couple and made an absolutely gorgeous baby. Can’t wait to squeeze him!!! I remember your wedding like it just happened.

Jonesy - I freakin love you guys!!! I miss my godson!! That is all Lacey and i can talk about!! ha ha

Brittany - HAWAII!!!!!! how stinking FUN!!! YEA!!! when are you going?!?! And we had cala Lillies at our wedding too! (I know I spelt that wrong :)

Kelley - Awe, he is the sweetest! That’s awesome. Happy Anniversary!

Melanie - Congratulations on three years! I am not sure where in Hawaii you are going, but if you are Oahu we should get together! Let me know.

Kathryn - Y’all are so cute! That’s a fun way to celebrate.

My blog is going private this week! Check my blog to find out how to keep access. If you’ve already sent me your email thanks! I’m send this message to everyone on my google reader.

Thank Goodness for the iPhone… Installment #2…

I think that Nate’s professional camera for work, his Nikon D3S, probably weighs about 5 lbs. There is no way that I want to be lugging that beast around with me all day as Jace is charming us with all of his antics. I’m so grateful that Nate ALWAYS has his phone on hand, and…

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Liliana - He’s so cute…

Oscar B. Morales - Hello Guys,

Love the Pictures; I am impressed that the quality is great, even though they were taken with a phone camera. It just goes to show that Nate is a natural!!!

I can’t wait to meet ¡“mi pequeño cachorrito” ¡!!

Love Pappa Daddy

Welcome to Our New Blog!

I have been SO excited about getting this blog on a roll. I wanted our Baby Jace to have a new blog to feature all the amazing things that he is experiencing and that WE are experiencing as new parents. Many thanks to Nate for designing this for me, and for being EXTREMELY patient as…

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Jessie - What a cute lil man! You guys did a great job:-)

Oscar B. Morales - My sweet Bobby, consider me chastised, I will touch base with you off line. Oh how I wish that I could be there to touch, smell hold my little “Duende” “cachorrito” and you and “Nick” (you and Nick), hug anyways. Love Papa Daddy

Aimee Swenson - This is the first time I thought Jace looks like Cameron! What a little cutie. If you are going to be in Utah anytime soon I’d love to see you.

Carolee Adams - What a fun way to celebrate your new adventures as the Perkes Family. Hope you continue to be the wonderful influence to your sweet son! Love you, The Adams’
We will be in Utah for Stephanie’s shower April 2nd from 6-8pm in Highland (near the point of the mountain between SLC and Provo). We would love to see you!

Brit - So I didn’t get to hold Jace last night and I’m thinking of taking that problem into my own hands – AH! No pun Inteneded -heehee- I might need to stop by tomorrow and take that little amazing guy into my hands :)

Ashlea - I love your new blog Luisa. Most of all I love seeing you so happy. What a beautiful baby boy you have. What joy I know you must feel every day to be his mommy.

Much Love!
Ashlea

queenie irons - BOBBIE!! he is adorable!!! look at those lips!! oh do you not kiss that sweet face every two seconds!!?? he is to die for. i can’t believe how much he has already changed in the last month! time does fly.:) i LOVE the pic of you in yellow. you look amazing. your blog is amazing too. so fun! i miss you!! thanks for sending me an invite. oh, by the way, did you ever get a package in the mail? i hope so. i sent a few things for jace. anyway, i love you tons! can’t wait to see MORE pictures of baby jace and you! (nate too of course.:)

Nellie - HELLOOOOOOOOOO MY LOVE! AUNTIE NELLIE CANT WAIT TO SPOIL YOU!!
—->Youre blog is so fun and the baby pictures are the best I have ever seen! I love you and youre budding family. much loves and hugs Nellie

Pops - Cutest little leprechaun ever!!! Happy St. Patty’s Day to you guys!

Jen Perkes - LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! the new blog. Great design, great photograhy, and even better….great and beautiful people! Jace’s expressions just crack me up! Keep it all coming.

Love and hugs,

Mumzie

He Went #1 and #2!!!

We’ve hoped that you all have been able to view the pictures that Nate and I have taken of Jace and posted in different places, both on Facebook and on Nate’s blog [Check them out here or here or here]. We have had SO much fun finding backdrops and props to showcase our little rockstar….

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Andrew - I love the pictures, you are valiant for doing it all without a diaper!

Danella - Tu hijito está chinito!! -_- está bien bonito! =)

Oscar B. Morales - Hi Guys, Keep the pictures coming. I often wonder, what are this little Angels trying to tell us !!! I sometimes get lost in toughts of what it is that they remember before they totally forget and as you know me I always talk this is little ones as if they were little women and little men.

Love you,

Pappa Daddy

Linda Erickson - Darling pictures! I went to my mom’s yesterday and she was just dying to show me all of the beautiful pictures of Jace. They are adorable and she loves them. I’m sure she shows everyone who comes by!

Emily Brems - I LOVE LOVE LOVE the first picture with Nate and Jace is looking up at him. Beautiful!! And the last picture looks like something from a nativity scene!! Luisa’s pic made me laugh. He so obviously knows that mama is his food source and that she is currently holding him. HEHE. You guys are so going to appreciate having all these wonderful pictures of him when he gets older and looks nothing like he did in the beginning! Want to see more of how things are going and hear more about how the adjustment is and what you are thinking of this change in your lives!!

Its About Time…

It would be an understatement to say that I have been sufficiently “harassed” to post some pregnancy pictures. For some deranged reason, it seems to be that when a woman is at her HUGEST, people all of a sudden want to see as much of her as possible. ; ) To appease the masses… behold……

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Jackie - gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Get through those first weeks when you have your baby. You're going to feel like you want to die, your boobs are going to fall off, and you will cry everyday. It's ok, it GETS BETTER. I Love being a mommy now. Love you!

Danella - this is AMAZING LUISA!!! your pictures make me want to have a baby :D You are really beautiful, I can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks! and meet my nephew. yay!!

Ingrid Y. Rodriguez - Luisita! Que hermosa se te ve con tu pancita! Girl, you make pregnancy look at its best! Enjoy that belly as much as you can because once it's gone, you'll miss the kicks, the squirming, and all the salsa dancing your little one is doing right now… and then the belly just gets boring! but you'll have your beautiful baby in your arms so that will make up for everything! I'm so excited for you. Se que seras una gran mama! Te quiero mucho! Yayyyy we are blog friends!

kevin. Leanne. Beckum. - why hello BEAUTIFUL!! you look amazing luisa!! i love the last picture:) it makes me smile…with all the fun memories we had together once upon a long time ago. lol. oh man i miss us.i can't wait to hear all about it as well and SEE how sweet and beautiful this baby boy will be!! love you tons bobbie!!

p.s. i can't wait to see you someday. :)

Trysha - Oh my goodness you look so amazing!! Gorgeous!

It also makes me happy as a Mama of a Caedon to see the name Kaiden almost in the lead for your baby name poll. ;)

(I linked from Nate's photography blog)

Melanie - I am so excited for you to begin this wild adventure. That babe is going to be gorgeous!

Linda - I agree! You are a gorgeous pregnant woman! Can't wait to see the little guy and hear the details! Good luck with everything! We will keep both of you (and Nate) in our prayers! I actually like to give birth! (Not so much the pregnant part, though.) Hope you are feeling good. I always feel better the week after I give birth than the week before. Hang in there!

Emily - Your pictures are beautiful!! And you are not even CLOSE to huge! You look wonderful!! Can't wait to see the pictures of the baby. You are super lucky to have such a great photographer for a husband. I have been wanting to do belly photos with each of my kids and never got around to it. Plus you will get amazing pics of your baby – all for free! :) Congrats. I'm on the edge of my seat for baby pics and information!

Happy New Year & Good Bye 2010!!

Nate and I have made it a tradition to make a video every year as a summary to our adventures and memories. It has been a blast this past week filtering through our library of photos and videos. We laughed and reminisced, and I couldn’t believe how many times I thought: “I completely forgot about…

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Vanessa Montero Badilla - Hola nate, luisa y jace!!!!!! saludes al baby que acaba de nacer esta bellisimo, me da mucho gusto saludarlos aunque sea de larga distancia aqui en costa rica, estan muy chivas las fotos me encantan los voy a contratar para hacer algo parecido a este video tan lindo jajaja de verdad me alegro un monton de que tengan una familia tan linda y ojala que la disfruten al maximo como lo han hecho hasta ahora, bueno por si no saben quien soy soy vanessa hija de randall montero primo de tu papa de la gran familia de COSTA RICA :D , tengo dos hermanitos pablo de 13 años y mario de 7 años que tambien le mandan saludos, ojala puedan venir a costa rica otra vez para tener el gusto de conocer a nate y jace que solo los e visto por fotos…. perdon ay por escribirles en español pero es que mi ingles no es muy bueno jejejeje XD ;D :* (si se inclinan un poco hacia la izquierda lo que acabo de escribir “XD” es una carita sonriendo)bueno en fin que les vaya bien en todo LOS QUEREMOS MUCHO !!

de: la gran familia que tienen aqui en costa rica

Rice-Ball - I loved watching your adventures and all of the neat places you got to go see. I'm wondering what program you guys used to compile everything and set your music tracks to? I'm really interested in doing one of my own, I'm sure it won't be as picturesque, but I'd love to give it a try :) Thanks for sharing, keep them coming. Lindsay Ball

Anonymous - Hi Luisa,

Very nicely put together, had a good time watching it. You guys look so good and happy together… that's awesome!! Happy New Year 2011!!

Keep in touch,
Pavan

Anonymous - LUISA!!

It was great to see Nate, even for a short time last week. I can't wait to hear you're parents. Thanks for sending us to your blog!! Its a great reminder how much we love you guys!

All our best from New England!
Ben Della-Piana

Anonymous - I LOVE LOVED LOVED IT!! Thanks for sharing, Luisa! You guys look so happy! I can't believe you got to go to all those places! I can't wait to travel more!

Super congrats on the baby!
Love,
Ellen

Anonymous - La vida es bella pero aun mas a travez de tus ojos, es precioso el video, gracias por compartirlo.

Abrazos,

Randall

Josh - Wow, that was so fun! I loved watching you both and missing you like crazy. What an amazing year for you two. You guys are the best.

Love,

Josh

Jackson D's - Wonderful, wonderful 2010! Thank you for sharing your adventures. We are excited for your new little boy on the way. We have a little girl joining our family too! Sending our love,

Deb & Dave

Ken and Jen Perkes - Oh, what a year!!!!!

Fabulously documented! I loved it!!! I had a smile on my face the whole time.

And as good as it was last year . . . 2011 will be even better!!!

HUGS!

–Pops

Feliz Navidad de Mexico!

I’m not sure if life gets any better than this, and I’m also not sure if we will ever have a year like 2010. It seems like we began the year with adventures and that we have ‘adventured’ our entire way through until the end. Our most recent travels brought us to Mexico for another…

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Brit - You two are the funnest (that IS a word in my vocabulary!) EVER!!!! That sounds like so fun, so fabulous!!!!!

Ken and Jen Perkes - You are truly the ADVENTURE FAMILY!!! By the way, what is the guy carrying on his shoulder in the alien statue photo? A dog? a monkey?

In any case, I LOVED seeing and hearing about this amazing get-away! It really has been the most amazing year for you guys! And 2011 is looking pretty good too!

Oscar Wilde is quoted as saying: "I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works." As talented as your work has been this past year . . . it is your life that shows your genius!

Well done!

–Pops